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These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours.
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2010 Asia Exhibits

These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours. For more information on the Asia Collection, see

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Book and DVD Exhibit on Chinese Culture

November 10, 2010 - December 31, 2010

This exhibit displays DVDs, books, and movies on Chinese culture, including Chinese history, landscape, religion, philosophy, literature, cuisine, architecture, politics, life, and people, etc. Items on display include: China Images (Life, People, and Politics), Chinese Tea Culture, Chinese Wine Culture, Ancient Chinese Architecture, Taoist Culture and Arts, Famous Historical and Cultural Towns, New Silk Road, China Archaeology, Tibet, Chinese Cultural Tour, Museum Treasures, In the Realm of the Gods, The Medical Classic of the Yellow Emperor, Tombs of Ming Emperors and Empresses, etc. Most of the items on display will be donated to the university of Hawaii library after the exhibit. The exhibit was organized by the Confucius Institute and China collection of Hamilton Library.


Korean Cinema Wave

September 6, 2010 - November 7, 2010

Hallyu, ( 한류 ,  韓流 ), the Korean wave, refers to a cultural, social phenomenon that significantly increased the popularity of (South) Korean culture not only in Asia but now around the world. It was originally driven by Korean TV dramas, and later expanded to Korean music and films.

The Korea Collection has been collecting Korean media resources, such as Korean TV dramas, documentary films, commercial films and Korean media-related materials as well since Hawaii is the one of the places where the Korean wave is rising.

Just in time to catch the wave, The Korea Collection was selected as a Korean Film Council (KOFIC)'s 'hub-library' in 2007.

KOFIC's hub-library program is one of their support programs for Korean Film Studies, especially designed for libraries or research centers of a university or college overseas.

Since then, the Korea Collection has been receiving a good many Korean film-related materials published in domestic or foreign countries as well as Korean film DVDs, provided by KOFIC, in order to support Korean Film Studies scholars and students at the University of Hawaii. It also hopes that this support program will help broaden the base of ordinary audiences overseas for Korean films.

The exhibit includes movie posters for several remarkable Korean films from Cannes Film Festival or the Hawaii International Film Festival. In addition, there is a display highlighting some of the top directors in Korean film history, dvd jackets giving a small sample of the selection that the library holds, and other resources useful as a pathfinder into the world of the Korean cinema.

Please enjoy surfing on the Korean Wave!


Bridging Cultures with Translation:  The Mahābhārata in Akbar's India & on Modern Stage

June 25, 2010 - August 31, 2010

The Mahābhārata is one of India's two large Sanskrit epics. Its central story is about a war of succession between feuding cousins in Kurukshetra, north India. Two translations based on this text are featured in this exhibit. The first is a 16th c. Persian translation ordered by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The second is an English translation, recently published by UH Press, of Dharamvir Bharati's 1953 Hindi play Andha Yug: the Age of Darkness, set on the last day of the battle.

Five enlarged reproductions of miniature illustrations from a rare single manuscript of the 16th c. Persian Razmnāma are exhibited courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia, through UHM English professor Frank Stewart, editor of the journal Mānoa in which Andha Yug has been published. Also on display, in exhibit cases, are library books about: the Mahābhārata; translation in 16th c. emperor Akbar's court; illustration of books in Mughal India; performance on modern stage; and ethical issues inherent in the central epic story. Asia Collection technician Linda Laurence and student assistants Alicia Yanagihara and Kimberly Kono created the exhibit.


The Many Times of Delhi

April 12, 2010 - May 31, 2010

This installation contains digital photographs taken during field research from August 2008 to May 2009 in and around India's capital city of New Delhi. The images in this exhibit are "time images" (Deleuze 1989) that are designed to provoke reflection upon the urban transformation in a postcolonial city that is vying to become a "global city" in the twenty-first century. This exhibit constitutes a visual aspect of my larger dissertation project, entitled, "Neo Delhi: Urban Re-formations in an Era of Globalization," which looks at discourses and practices of "urban renewal" in contemporary New Delhi.

I wish to thank Monica Ghosh and Teri Skillman-Kashyap at Hamilton Library, UH Manoa for providing an opportunity to visualize and share my research through this installation. I would also like to give special thanks to Lorenzo Rinelli for editing this collection of photographs and Rujunko Pugh for helping me conceptualize this exhibit. Images from Lorenzo Rinelli.

Rohan Kalyan, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Jingju Collection

January 27, 2010 - February 28, 2010

Jingju *??* (Beijing opera) is the most notable of all Chinese operas in China since mid-19^th century in the latter part of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The traditional repertoire of Jingju includes more than 1,000 works adopted from Chinese literature and classical novels, fairy tales, and important historical events. The acting is based on allusion: gestures, footwork, and other body movements expressing such actions as riding a horse, rowing a boat, or opening a door. Character roles are strictly defined by elaborate facial make-up designs that depict different characters. There are four main types of roles in Jingju: sheng *?* (male), dan *?* (young female), jing *?* (painted face, male), and chou *?* (clown, male or female). These characters may be beautiful or ugly, good or evil, loyal or treacherous, and their images are vividly manifested by the elaborate facial make-ups.

Since Mei Lanfang *???* (1894-1961), the grand master of Jingju, visited Japan in 1919 and the United States in 1929, Jingju has become more and more popular with people all over the world. Today, Jingju continues to have a place in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong because it tells stories common to all Chinese, including the legend of White Snake, the legend of the Monkey King, and tales from /The Water Margin,/ and /Romance of the Three Kingdoms/. These timeless tales still resonate today, ensuring that the jingju will continue to have its place in modern life.

Jingju Collection

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